After raining most of the night we awoke to a sunny still cool day. We headed off early because we wanted to get a park on the foreshore at Llandudno before the crowd arrived. After successfully finding a park we walked along the Llandudno Promenade, towards the Pier. Along this foreshore the Punch and Judy show is held every Saturday and Sunday and there is a huge statue of The Mad Hatter. It is a massive area that skirts a very rocky beach and is 2 miles in length. The Victorian style buildings along the Promenade are stunning with gorgeous views overlooking Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea. Before walking along the pier, we decided to head to the Great Orme Tramway, a cable car built in 1902, just like the one in San Francisco. We arrived to find a sign indicating the tram was temporarily out of service and a bus would be transporting visitors to the halfway stop where a second cable car was operating from there to the top of Mount Orme. The line for the service was quite long so we decided not to go.
We walked back along the pier. The music and the attractions were like a time warp from the 1950s. People were fishing off a pontoon at the end of the pier for £2, but no one seemed to be catching anything. From the pier towards the hill is the cable car which goes up the ski slopes. It was operating today taking people up to the top and down. Along the promenade old style striped deckchairs could be hired for £2.50 for the day.
When then headed inland to Betws-y-Coed which sits at the junction of three river valleys (the Llugwy, the Conwy and the Lledr) and on the verge of the Gwydyr Forest. We crossed the Conwy on the way into town via the Waterloo Bridge which was constructed in the year of Wellington’s victory over Bonaparte in 1815. It is a very pretty place with slate Victorian buildings and busy with families, walkers and today cyclists as there was a bike marathon on. We walked to the end of the village, crossed a 15th century stone Pont-y-Pair (Bridge of the Cauldron) with an amazing set of rapids on the Llugwy and then continued along a riverside path and boardwalk downstream to the Miners’ Bridge which was the route miners took on their way to work in nearby lead mines. We then turned back as the rain the night before made it virtually unpassable.
We then headed to another section of path that leads to St Michael’s Church, the oldest church in Wales dating back to the 12th century, around a tongue of land framed by the convergence of the Rivers Coney and Llugwy. Here is Sappers Bridge, a white suspension footbridge built in 1930 which crosses the Conwy and leads into some fields. It was very peaceful and beautiful. As we were returning we saw a miniature steam railway line where visitors, both children and those young at heart, were riding a circuit through parts of Gwydir Forest.
Leaving Betws-y-Coed, we headed to Kendal for the night where we stayed at Windermere Camping and Caravaning Club Site. When we arrived, we discovered it was bingo night at the onsite pub. We went in to have a drink and dinner and then stayed on to play bingo. Bingo consisted of 5 games where a line and then the full house paid. Ian won the second game of the night with his favourite number 8 and collected £20 and the very next game I won the line and collected another £5. The locals (in good jest) threatened to slash our tyres on the motor home if we won again. Thank goodness we did not win another game. Another memorable night meeting the locals. Everyone is extremely friendly and have given us great tips on where to go and things to see and do.